Every year the English department hosts a creative writing workshop for Jackson-area high school students. Prior to the workshop, the students participated in a writing contest judged by Union’s English department faculty.
At the creative writing workshop, students received awards in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. The first place winners in each division had the opportunity to read excerpts from their winning pieces to the group.
The high school students participated in writing workshops with English department faculty and upper-level English majors. In the workshops, students analyzed and discussed poetry, fiction and nonfiction stories. This gave Union students experience in leading workshops with students.
“We have some wonderful, upper-level undergraduates at Union,” said Bobby Rogers, professor of English and director of the event.
Students from four Jackson-area high schools and numerous homeschool students attended the event. While most participants were seniors, some high school teachers brought students as young as sophomores to the event.
“We typically get some really motivated writers who are interested in creative writing,” Rogers said.
Zach Howell, sophomore at Faith Tutorial, said the workshop helped sharpen the students’ writing abilities.
“All the writers who have a potential gift or talent or knack at writing, this is a place for them to come to hone in their skills,” Howell said. “This is a place where those good writers become better writers.”
The high school student said he was excited to attend the event.
“It’s definitely a privilege to be here,” Howell said.